Buckhannon, W.Va. -- The Wesleyan Volleyball team takes on the Shepherd Rams in MEC second round tournament play this evening at 5:00pm on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit College. Finishing fourth in the regular season, Wesleyan received a first round bye as the Rams defeated UVa-Wise in the first round to earn the bid to play the 'Cats.
The Bobcats enter tournament play on a seven match winning streak, their longest of the season. Despite a not so pretty overall record at 14-16 the Bobcats finished conference play at 12-4, a very respectable .750 winning percentage. Most of their losses came at the beginning of the year when the team was still trying to identify themselves and a solid rotation. Head coach Jackie Hinton and assistant Christina Donahoe have done an outstanding job finding the right combination that fits the 'Cats. Since starting the season 2-11, most of which were games against powerhouse PSAC schools, the Bobcats have finished 12-5. Their only two game sweep by a team was Seton Hill, splitting with Charleston and Concord. Then Fairmont State and conference champ and undefeated Wheeling Jesuit both claimed one match against the Bobcats this season.
It has really been a total team effort this season for the Bobcats. Strong play from frontliners Erin Bond, Camblin Leonard, Samantha Swann have been a key to the success of the Bobcats. Strong defensive play from freshman Katlyn Hoge at the Libero position has helped senior Casey Pattyn have a remarkable year of assisting strong hitters like Aspen Weber and Hannah Moore. Injuries have played a part in the season for the 'Cats as well. A shoulder injury has sidelined senior attacker Korin Wengryn for part of the season has opened up some extra minutes for other Bobcats such as Stacie Baumann and Sarah Crowder.
If the Bobcats move on past the Rams this evening they will play tomorrow evening at 7:30pm verse the winner of Fairmont State/Concord matchup Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm.
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